eSight Engineers Have Accomplished Something Remarkable
Learn more about the incredible eSight story.
How this breakthrough came to life
The reason eSight is the most sophisticated technological breakthrough for the legally blind is because it started with a totally different set of questions that our founder, Conrad Lewis, wanted to answer. Lewis, a successful engineer, has two sisters who are legally blind. He wanted to know if he could apply his engineering skills to create a solution for the blindness his sisters suffer with.
To build a solution that mimics, as closely as possible, how sighted people see, this would require the eSight engineers to develop a technological breakthrough that is hands-free, provides instant sight, enables mobility, and is versatile.
A comfortable, wearable and handsfree device,
allowing legally blind individuals to use both of their hands while they use eSight to see
Provides Instant Sight
Instantaneously auto-focus between short-range vision (reading a text message) to mid-range vision (seeing faces in a room) to long-range vision (looking down a hallway), without any appreciable lag time
Let a legally blind individual use the
technology not just to see while sitting down but, be independently mobile, from walking, to exercising, to commuting and travelling
Be a complete and all-in-one solution that can replace all the many single-task assistive devices that are currently available but that do not provide actual sight
eSight Engineers created a breakthrough technology for the legally blind.
It took many years of hard work, investments of tens of millions of dollars, many patented innovations and much trial and error working with numerous legally blind individuals, but the end result was eSight - electronic glasses that enable the legally blind to actually see. Today, eSight is proud to be the largest, most knowledgeable and well-funded R&D lab in the world dedicated to addressing blindness.
eSight has allowed our users to do incredible things. See some of the best moments in action.
9-year-old boy gets eSight live on The Doctors
Blind mother sees baby for the first time!
Gene sees his family for the first time on Rachel Ray
Blind Colts fan gets once-in-a-lifetime NFL experience
Legally blind woman goes ice-skating in NYC with eSight
10-year-old Sophie gets the gift of sight for Christmas
Those who live with a visual impairment face significant challenges in their daily life.
There are approximately 300 million individuals living with low vision or legal blindness in the world, a number that is far too high.
There is an unemployment rate of as high as 70% for those living with vision loss.
Those living with with low vision are more than three times more likely to end up in professional or long term care
Today's assistive devices- from magnifiers to white canes to CCTVs - only do one single task. And they do not give the blind sight.
With eSight, the playing field is leveled.
This means that:
What Medical Professionals Are Saying
The Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions was one of six sites participating in an independent multi-month study of eSight Eyewear. eSight Eyewear can have a substantial impact on the lives of many people with severe vision loss.
Gislin Dagnelie, Executive Director of Clinical Low Vision Services, Wilmer Eye Institute.
We saw firsthand at the Center for Retina and Macular Disease how profound a difference eSight Eyewear can make in peoples’ lives. Unlike other wearable electronic devices for the visually impaired, every aspect of eSight Eyewear has been designed from the ground up with an in-depth knowledge of the needs of visually impaired users.
Dr. Michael Tolentino, Director of Research of The Center for Retina and Macular Disease (Florida)
Leaders in Low Vision Rehabilitation from the University Health Network were part of an extensive evaluation of eSight Eyewear.Most of the study subjects showed impressive gains in their functional vision for various practical tasks. The new eSight 3 device adds many new features and most importantly, exhibits excellent aesthetics, comfort, and wearability
Dr. Sam Markowitz, Director of the Low Vision Program at the University of Toronto
More About Legal Blindness and Low Vision
eSight works for people who have low vision, which includes those that are legally blind.
People who are legally blind have an acuity of 20/200 or poorer in their better eye. Low vision is another term often used, referring to people who have an acuity of 20/70 or poorer in their better eye. The eyes are very complex organs and there are many eye conditions that can cause legal blindness and low vision. eSight helps people with many different eye conditions regain their independence.
If you are sighted, please do not take your precious gift for granted – get your eyes checked regularly. If you do not have an optometrist, search for one on the American Optometric Association's website or if you are located in Canada, the Canadian Association of Optometrists' website.
Learn more about eSight. Speak with an eSight Vision Advocate today!
With eSight, you would be able to read this fine print, even if you are legally blind or living with vision loss. If you are sighted, do not take your sight for granted. Please get your eyes checked regularly.